Leading mining lawyer France Tenaille joins Gowlings

03 March 2015

Gowlings is pleased to announce that France Tenaille, a leading mining lawyer, has joined the firm as a partner in its Toronto office.

Tenaille comes to Gowlings with particular expertise in private M&A and project finance in the Latin American mining industry. Fluent in Spanish and called to the Bar in both Canada and Venezuela - where she practised civil law for over five years -Tenaille holds a unique understanding of the legal, business and cultural traditions of Latin America.

“France is a top-ranked mining lawyer with strong ties to the Latin American market,” said Scott Jolliffe, Gowlings chair and CEO. “Her unparalleled background and connections will be a tremendous asset to our clients who are pursuing investment opportunities in this growing region, as well as to our Latin American clients looking to invest in Canada and beyond.”

Tenaille provides strategic legal advice to Canadian and foreign issuers on a range of commercial matters in the mining and natural resources sectors, including business combinations, divestitures, corporate reorganizations, mining options, joint ventures, and royalty and streaming arrangements.

As a result of her commitment to delivering effective counsel and outstanding client service, Tenaille has been recognized by clients and colleagues in a number of prestigious legal directories, including Chambers Global and Chambers Latin America, IFLR1000, Who’s Who Legal: Canada, and Latinvex.

“For mining clients, what sets Gowlings apart is its in-depth experience, extensive international reach, and practical, solutions-oriented approach,” said Tenaille. “I’m delighted to join the law firm of choice for mining companies looking to succeed in a competitive global market.”

Active in the legal community, Tenaille has presented at various Canadian and international forums. She has also served as a lecturer in the University of Windsor Law School’s mining course, and is a founding member, vice-chair and secretary of the New York State Bar Association’s Latin American Council.

Tenaille is the latest in a number of additions to the Gowlings Global Mining Group, which also recently welcomed securities lawyer Peter Simeon and corporate finance lawyer Avril Cole.

Gowlings is a leading Canadian and international law firm, with over 700 legal professionals serving clients in 10 offices across Canada and around the world. In 2014, Gowlings was the No. 1 Canadian law firm for global M&A, and has been the world’s busiest law firm for Canadian M&A for the past three years.

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